Witches and Devilry in Wuthering Heights: A Call for Neo-Pagan Perspective

Witches and Devilry in Wuthering Heights: A Call for Neo-Pagan Perspective

by Jamie Freeman
     
 
Neo-Paganism is a growing religious movement in America, England and around the world. As such, Academia has a unique opportunity to watch and record a culture come into being. The Neo-Pagan perspective comes out of a rich history interlaced with mythology (both world mythology and our own foundational myths), magick and history. Not only is literature being written

Overview

Neo-Paganism is a growing religious movement in America, England and around the world. As such, Academia has a unique opportunity to watch and record a culture come into being. The Neo-Pagan perspective comes out of a rich history interlaced with mythology (both world mythology and our own foundational myths), magick and history. Not only is literature being written by Neo-Pagans, but their methods of discourse, history and theology can be used to evaluate and examine other texts. Charlotte Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights can benefit from such an exploration, showing the mythical side of Wiccan origin in a fiction written before the Murrayite debate.
This paper applies cultural analysis to well-documented literature in an attempt to provide new insight for those within the culture, and without. It is a call for Neo-Pagan perspective in literature as a viable model of evaluation, and enlarges the scope of Neo-Pagan theology and philosophy beyond the foundational texts to search for meaning within the culture of the Western canon. Utilizing an exploration of Adian Kelly’s “Foundational Myths” as the framework for New Historicism, the paper examines Bronte’s novel from the perspective of a Wiccan practitioner awash in a sea of differentiated meaning from mainstream culture. Using sources such as the Malleus Mallificarum and “commonly accepted knowledge” of The Burning Times, Wuthering Heights is explored from the sacred marriage of Heathcliff and Cathy Earnshaw, of Cathy’s empowerment as a High Priestess Witch, and of Heathcliff’s demonic possession of Cathy’s mind. The paper concludes with the value of such evaluation, and how it might be applied to other works of literature to develop of canon or perspective of Neo-Pagan literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012568045
Publisher:
Witchful Thinking
Publication date:
11/24/2010
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
242 KB

Meet the Author

Jamie is a teacher, counselor, writer, witch and tarot reader, but not necessarily in that order. She holds a BA in English Literature from WWU, studied education at the graduate level, and is currently an MA candidate in Professional Counseling. Her writing varies from fiction to poetry, academic essays advice columns in her blog. She lives in Puyallup with her partner and cats.

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